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Tour Down Under and Australian Open athletes to sweat through heatwave

Competition won’t be the only thing heating up at the Tour Down Under and Australian Open, with soaring temperatures forecast for the week ahead. 

Tour Down Under officials will decide whether to shorten the first two stages of next week’s race in Adelaide, amid forecasts of temperatures exceeding 40C, Adelaide Now reported. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast 41 degrees to hit the South Australian capital city on Tuesday.

 

Tour Down Under officials will toss up whether or not to shorten the first two stages of next week’s race in Adelaide, amid forecasts for 40C plus temperatures

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast 41 degrees to hit the South Australian capital city on Tuesday 

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast 41 degrees to hit the South Australian capital city on Tuesday 

Stage One of the race falls on the same day – a 132/4km circuit from North Adelaide to Port Adelaide.

When Stage Two of the race rolls in, temperatures are expected to hit 40C.

Cyclists will have to endure the scorching heat to cycle 149km from Norwood to Angaston. 

While the officials will meet with a teams and riders representative on Saturday to discuss shortening the stages, a final decision will not be made until Monday. 

Australian WorldTour team Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White said Australia brought its own challenges compared to the European leg of the race. 

‘The differences between racing in Australia and Europe are this is the first time people are exposed to it (heat) for the season which is a bit of a shock, and with the Australian sun the UV is double the strength here,’ Mr White said. 

He said he doubted any stages would be cancelled, despite the dire forecast. 

‘The only reason they would be is if it comes under catastrophic fire danger conditions.’ 

Cyclists will not be the only ones suffering through the intense heat, with tennis players set to swelter in the upcoming Australian Open 

Cyclists will not be the only ones suffering through the intense heat, with tennis players set to swelter in the upcoming Australian Open 

Forecasters fear a repeat of the 2014 Australian Open, which saw players collapse (pictured Frank Dancevic of Canada) and struggle through heat-related illnesses

Forecasters fear a repeat of the 2014 Australian Open, which saw players collapse (pictured Frank Dancevic of Canada) and struggle through heat-related illnesses

Spectators are being urged to 'slip, slop, slap' as they endure 37C heats without much relief

Spectators are being urged to ‘slip, slop, slap’ as they endure 37C heats without much relief

Cyclists will not be the only ones suffering through the intense heat, with tennis players set to swelter in the upcoming Australian Open. 

Spectators at Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open, will have to endure a blistering 37C on Monday as the world’s tennis stars take to the court.

The Australian Open’s new extreme heat policy will be put to the test, as concerns for players’ and spectators’ health arise – reminiscent of the 2014 edition of the Grand Slam, which saw multiple stars withdraw from heat-related hallucinations.

The new policy sees a mandatory 10-minute break put in place between the fourth and fifth set of a men’s match, as well as a new ‘heat stress scale’ taking into account players’ feedback.

Play will be suspended on outdoor courts and the roof closed on marquee courts when the heat scale reading is 5.0 or above.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said there was a 'little bit of uncertainty' in just how severe the heatwave will be

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said there was a ‘little bit of uncertainty’ in just how severe the heatwave will be

Low intensity heatwave conditions are forecast from Friday right through until Monday for most of the Northern Territory, western and southern Queensland, most of New South Wales, Victoria's far north, most of South Australia and the north eastern half of Western Australia

Low intensity heatwave conditions are forecast from Friday right through until Monday for most of the Northern Territory, western and southern Queensland, most of New South Wales, Victoria’s far north, most of South Australia and the north eastern half of Western Australia

The new scale takes into account air temperature, radiant heat, humidity and wind speed, with the sea breezes forecast perhaps skewing the results.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said there was a ‘little bit of uncertainty’ in just how severe the heatwave will be.

‘We’re forecasting 37C and pretty sunny,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘There is the sea breeze developing late into the day, but there’s a little bit of uncertainty in just when that will hit.’

There’s little respite from the heat forecast for the rest of the week, with an early forecast of 32C on Tuesday expected to rise to 35C, he says.

The rest of the week will teeter around 30C, expected to sink back into the high-20s by the end of the week. 

For tennis fans, he says the best advice he can offer is to follow the ‘slip, slop, slap’ mentality.

‘The usual advice applies for the January heat – stay hydrated and slip, slop, slap. But that can be pretty hard when you’re sitting in the sun watching the tennis.’  

Australia is set to swelter through a blisteringly hot weekend, with low to severe intensity heatwaves forecast for five major cities

Australia is set to swelter through a blisteringly hot weekend, with low to severe intensity heatwaves forecast for five major cities

Weatherzone meteorologist Tom Hough told Daily Mail Australia temperatures are climbing around the entire country

Weatherzone meteorologist Tom Hough told Daily Mail Australia temperatures are climbing around the entire country

Weatherzone meteorologist Tom Hough told Daily Mail Australia temperatures are climbing around the entire country.

‘In terms of what’s classified as a heatwave, it differs depending on where you are,’ Mr Hough said.

‘So heatwave is defined as three or more days of higher maximum and minimum temperatures that are unusual for those locations. What might be a heatwave for Sydney might not be the same as elsewhere.’

Low intensity heatwave conditions are forecast from Friday right through until Monday for most of the Northern Territory, western and southern Queensland, most of New South Wales, Victoria’s far north, most of South Australia and the north eastern half of Western Australia.

Parts of Western Australia are also looking at severe heatwave conditions.

‘Saturday to Tuesday looks like the hottest period throughout the next week as the severe heatwave conditions spread,’ Mr Hough said. 

Australia's southern states are preparing to endure a January heatwave (pictured)

Australia’s southern states are preparing to endure a January heatwave (pictured)

Canberra will be 35C on Saturday with the temperatures hovering around the mid-to-high 30s for the early stages of next week.

Sydney is forecasting great beach weather, with high-20s and low-30s forecast through to Tuesday. 

Perth will gradually get warmer – 28C on Friday, 32C on Saturday and 34C by Wednesday.

Brisbane will see sunny conditions and 31C for the weekend and into next week.

Meanwhile, Darwin will be 34C and sunny until at least Saturday. But heavy downpours – as much as 35mm of rain – are on their way from Sunday onwards.

AUSTRALIA’S WEEKEND FORECAST

SYDNEY      

SATURDAY: Min 21, Max 31, Sunny

SUNDAY: Min 22, Max 27, Cloudy

MONDAY: Min 22, Max 28, Cloudy

CANBERRA  

SATURDAY: Min 16, Max 35, Sunny

SUNDAY: Min 16, Max 30, Cloudy

MONDAY: Min 16, Max 33, Cloudy 

PERTH  

SATURDAY: Min 16, Max 32, Sunny

SUNDAY: Min 18, Max 30, Sunny

MONDAY: Min 18, Max 30, Sunny 

BRISBANE  

SATURDAY: Min 21, Max 31, Sunny

SUNDAY: Min 21, Max 31, Cloudy

MONDAY: Min 22, Max 31, Cloudy 

MELBOURNE  

SATURDAY: Min 22, Max 25, Cloudy

SUNDAY: Min 15, Max 27, Sunny

MONDAY: Min 18, Max 37, Sunny

ADELAIDE  

SATURDAY: Min 19, Max 33, Sunny

SUNDAY: Min 16, Max 35, Sunny

MONDAY: Min 19, Max 39, Sunny 

HOBART  

SATURDAY: Min 19, Max 23, Sunny

SUNDAY: Min 11, Max 25, Sunny

MONDAY: Min 13, Max 27, Cloudy

DARWIN  

SATURDAY: Min 27, Max 34, Cloudy

SUNDAY: Min 26, Max 30, Storms.

MONDAY: Min 25, Max 30, Storms.

 Source: Bureau of Meterology

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